“Company man is going to be stopping by location today. I'll let you guys know around what time later when I find out. He's pretty particular, so make sure y’all have your PPE on when he's here.”
Your safety-sense should be tingling about now for several reasons. I'd like to talk for a moment about the importance of taking personal responsibility for using personal protective equipment (PPE) effectively.
Safety is something that most construction companies take very seriously. Engineering controls, administrative controls, daily toolbox talks, and hazard identification/correction programs are just a few of the ways accidents are prevented every day. Vigilant foresight and an emphasis on industry best practices have successfully eliminated many occupational hazards in the construction industry, but the last line of defense against potentially costly and debilitating accidents is PPE. Some companies provide the necessary PPE for the job, and most construction companies provide in depth training on proper PPE usage; but that is where their safety reach ends.
When it comes to properly donning the safety harness and securing it to the man basket at a suitable anchor point in order to safely proceed with the job – that is my responsibility. When it comes to putting on safety glasses before hammering on a piece of rusty, paint-chipped iron – that is my responsibility. Putting on the correct respirator to prevent inhaling epoxy paint fumes – my responsibility. Read more » about I Don't Always Wear PPE